Built in 1909, the Santa Monica Pier has evolved from a disposal operation, to a commercial fishing port, to the national treasure that it is today. One of the most recognizable destinations in California, the pier offers a wide range of activities and attractions whether you are a regular or a family on vacation for the weekend.
Upon arrival, take a quick stop in the visitors center for a map and some Santa Monica themed merchandise. Once you have your bearings, you’ll find that there’s something for everyone to do on the pier. For the shoppers in the group, you’ll find that “Marlene’s Beachcomber” and the “Oatman Rock Shop” have all of the beach essentials, from sunscreen to historic memorabilia.
For the adrenaline junkie, take a trip into “Pacific Park”, the pier’s very own amusement park, or maybe even try some trapeze lessons. For a friendly game of skeeball, check out the “Playland Arcade”. If you’re in awe of the history of the pier, take a ride on the historic carousel, or visit the very spot where the iconic Route 66 ends.
Finally, there are lots of options for those who just want to see the sights that Santa Monica has to offer. For a guided tour, hop on one of the “Starline Tours” buses. If you’re looking to blaze your own path, you can even rent a bike at “Blazing Saddles”.
With all the excitement of the pier, you are bound to work up an appetite, but don’t worry there are plenty of options for even the pickiest palette. From fine Italian dining at the Ristorante Al Mare to old-fashioned milkshakes and shakes at “Soda Jerks” everyone can find something to eat. If you plan on spending all day at the amusement park, you’re in luck, “Pacific Park” includes its own food court. Finally, for an authentic taste of Coastal California seafood, try “The Albright”, “Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.”, or even “Mariasol Cocina Mexicana” for a little Mexican flare.
How do you get there? Just head West! The most accessible area to enter the pier is the ramp on the corner of Ocean and Colorado Ave. There is ample parking at the end of this ramp, or in one of the lower lots, accessible via Appian Way. It’s a good idea to go online and reserve a discounted space ahead of time, that way you can spend more time enjoying all there is to see and do!
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